Six People Suspected Of Belonging To A Banned Far-Right Group Have Been Arrested On Suspicion Of Terrorism Offences

    The suspects are believed to be part of National Action, a far-right group that was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in 2016.

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    Police at a National Action march in 2015.

    Six people suspected of belonging to a banned far-right group have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, police announced on Wednesday morning.

    They are suspected of being members of National Action, a far-right group that was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in 2016.

    National Action was the first extreme right-wing group to be outlawed in the UK. At the time home secretary Amber Rudd described it as "racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic".

    Five men – from Cambridge, Banbury, Wolverhampton, Leicester, and Stockport –and one woman – also from Banbury – were detained under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act.

    The suspects, who are between the ages of 21 and 37, are currently being held in custody.

    In a statement, West Midlands police said a number of properties are being searched in connection with the arrests.

    A police spokesperson also said that the arrests were preplanned and intelligence-led, and that there was no threat to the public’s safety.

    Fiona Rutherford is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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